How to Download and Extract Compressed Files:
This tutorial is for those of you who really want to use a digital stamp or element, but aren’t sure how to get it “out to play with”.
After you have downloaded the zipped file (you know a file is zipped when it ends with the extension .zip), it will be in your Downloads folder.
But where the heck is that!
I’ll be walking you through finding it and unzipping it. Instructions will be for both MAC and PC. If I miss something on the PC aspect, please let me know. I work my MAC more nowadays 🙂
To find your download folder:
(MAC) Click on Finder, Go to your name on the side bar (where you find your documents, pics, etc.). Locate the “Download” folder and double click.
You should see a file that is zippered up the center.
If you double click on that zipped file, it will unzip and your ready to use file will appear beside or behind the zipped one.
Drag this folder to your desktop, documents, or another folder on your sidebar. Somewhere that it will be easy for you to locate later. Now that it is unzipped, you are ready to open it and start playing!
(PC) Go to your Start menu in the lower left. Click on “My Computer”.
On newer Windows versions you should see a selection of locations on the left hand sidebar. “Downloads” should be one of those selections.
Click on the folder and locate the file you just downloaded. It should be zipped up the center. Right click on the folder and you will see a variety of options. One should be to “extract files”.
Click this button and follow the prompts. When it asks you where you want the saved folder to be located, be sure you choose a location you can find such as your Documents folder or your Desktop.
Navigate to where you saved them, and you are ready to play as well.
Two side notes for either user: Once you have unzipped the folder and you know the contents are viable and where you have saved them, you can delete the zipped folder. No need taking up extra space.
If you are a Google Chrome user, when you download files you will see them across the bottom of your screen in a separate toolbar. You can double click on the icon there to go directly to your download. If you no longer want to see them there, click the “X” in the lower right hand corner.
Hope that helps a little. I will revise as needed. Now go grab some digital files and start playing!